The state government said that it will conduct the class 12 exam tentatively in the last week of July and the time table will be released soon.
In its affidavit filed through State Standing Counsel Mahfouz A Nazki, the State Government stated that the cases of COVID-19 in the State are declining rapidly.
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It gave data on COVID cases for June 20 – 5,646, June 21 – 5,541 and June 22 – 4,169 cases and compared them with the corresponding dates of the previous month – May 20 – 22,610, May 21 – 20,937 cases and May 22 – 19,981 from the cases.
“Experts have been consulted and are of the view that it would be possible to conduct the examination. The state will accordingly try to conduct the exam in the last week of July 2021. The actual time table will be released shortly and students and parents will be informed 15 days in advance,” it said.
The practical exam has already been conducted from March 31 to April 24, 2021.
The Andhra government said the state board does not appear to be a credible alternative to class 12 evaluation of class 10 students awarded grades instead of marks.
“The board has no checking or visibility on the internal examinations conducted by various schools. Thus, any evaluation on the basis of internal examination cannot give accurate results in the state of Andhra Pradesh,” the state government said.
The state’s affidavit, to be taken up for hearing before a special bench of Justices AM Khanwilkar and Dinesh Maheshwari on Thursday, states that 25 per cent weightage is given to the common entrance test (Engineering, Agriculture and Pharmacy Common Entrance Test). Marks obtained in class 12.
The top court is hearing a plea seeking directions to state governments not to conduct board exams in view of the COVID-19 pandemic.
“Thus, class 12 results play an important role in determining the future of the students,” the Andhra Pradesh government said. If the examination is conducted then in the best interest of the students”.
It said that a total of 5,19,510 students are going to appear for class 12 exam and 5,12,959 students are eligible for class 11 exam.
It said a number of precautionary measures would be taken if the state government is allowed to conduct the exams – eg, class 12 and class 11 will be conducted on alternate days.
It states that class 11 and class 12 students are required to appear for only 5-6 subjects, so each student will have to appear for the exam for 5-6 days.
“Only 15 to 18 students will be allotted in each examination centre”, the state government said, detailing several precautionary measures that will be taken keeping in mind the COVID pandemic.
“The state is aware of the difficult situation it is in. However, in the given circumstances, the State is of the view that the conduct of the examination will not only be in the best interest of the students but also be conducted safely,” it said.
The state government sought the permission of the apex court to conduct the Intermediate Public Examination 2021 while following the precautions.
On Tuesday, the top court had said, “If any death occurs, we will hold the state responsible.”
The apex court’s remarks came after the state government was informed about its decision to conduct class 12 board exams.
The top court was informed that Andhra Pradesh and Kerala are the only two states that have decided to conduct class 12 board exams so far.
It had told the counsel for Andhra Pradesh that the state government would have to give very good reasons for conducting the class 12 board exams.
The bench said that it will consider the affidavit of the Kerala government on Thursday and asked a student body of the state to file a counter-affidavit on the reply of the state government.
On Monday, the top court was informed by the Assam and Tripura governments that they have canceled their state boards of class 12 board exams due to the pandemic.
The Karnataka government’s counsel had said that it has also announced that the class 12 board exam has been cancelled, but no final decision has been taken regarding the class 10 exam.
On June 17, the apex court was informed that out of 28 states, six states have already conducted board exams, 18 states have canceled them, but four states (Assam, Punjab, Tripura and Andhra Pradesh). Haven’t canceled them yet. .
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